While it’s true many of our everyday items are easily recycled, the technology available to easily recycle material made of multiple components makes it impossible to recycle items like pet food and birdseed bags.
These bags are typically layers of different materials and once those layers are together, it’s hard to get components separated so that they can be recycled. Still not sure? Do the ‘tear test’….if you can easily tear the bag and don’t see a plastic film layer mixed with the paper, it’s good to go for recycling. This holds true for some paper plates and gift wrap too.
Visit the Howard County Recycling page for more information.